Via the International Herald Tribune: Officials: 4 ducks found dead in eastern France test positive for bird flu. Excerpt:
Four ducks found dead in a pond in eastern France have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, officials said Tuesday.
The four ducks were found Aug. 8 in an area known as Diane Capelle, in the Moselle region, the regional prefecture said in a statement.
Since late June, five dead swans found in the region also have tested positive for the deadly strain of the virus. Two of them were found in the Diane Capelle area, while the other three were found about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the site.
On Tuesday, Moselle's prefecture extended measures to protect domestic fowl from wild birds that had been put in place after the first case of swan deaths, the statement said.